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self-government Syllabification: self-gov·ern·ment
Pronunciation: /self ˈɡəvər(n)mənt/

Definition of self-government in English:


1Government of a country by its own people, especially after having been a colony.
Example sentences
  • It consisted of the landed gentlemen of NSW who assumed they would constitute the government when the colony acquired self-government.
  • By disempowerment, the tribunal referred to the denigration and destruction of Maori autonomy, or self-government.
  • A former province of a state is being prepared for substantial autonomy and self-government.
2 another term for self-control.
Example sentences
  • The purposes of this extensive popular involvement in an enlarged domain of public life are at once greater self-government and self-realization.


Example sentences
  • His conscious decision to leave behind his family ties, which also implies a deliberate distancing from his Southern heritage, makes him apt to develop a self-governed identity and to acquire legacies which are chosen, not given.
  • Mount Athos is a self-governed part of the Greek state subject to that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs politically, and to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in regards to religion.
  • The Irish industry is entirely self-governed but there are government proposals to introduce legislation for the industry.
Pronunciation: /ˌself ˈɡəvərniNG/
Example sentences
  • Rapid economic development followed, the country becoming the crown colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1911 and a self-governing colony in 1923.
  • Greenland is classified as a self-governing dependency and has been ruled by Denmark since 1721.
  • How could a colony be self-governing and still part of the empire?
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